hRecipe 0.6.1 has just released.
The fine folks at WordPress are hard in pursuit of WordPress version 3.3, scheduled for a late November or early December 2011 release. At the time of this writing, version 3.3, beta 4 has been tagged, and is intended as Release Candidate 1 (RC1).
This matters to hRecipe users because the programming interface for using Quicktags has changed.
On the one hand, the new interface is much easier to program. On the other hand, it doesn’t appear to be backwards compatible “out-of-the-box.”
For hRecipe 0.6.1, both interfaces are supported. The code is written, it’s being tested now, and should be uploaded to WordPress some time in the next few hours.
Backwards compatibility will probably be maintained through the 0.6.x series of releases, possibly longer.
Note: if you use the visual editor, there were no changes.
Thickbox may be retiring
If this happens, it will result in a pretty big change in how hRecipe is used. For example, it might make sense to use a custom post type instead of a regular blog post for recipes. That’s much easier said than done: there are more moving parts there than seem obvious.
Also, custom post types aren’t really posts, they are more like pages. While they can be added to your blog feed very easily, leveraging the WordPress postmeta system for structuring data entry would require writing a custom loop to serve your recipes into your blog. (Which is one reason the Thickbox interface is so handy, no need for customizing WordPress.)
But nothing is set, yet. We’ll see how it all plays out.
What hRecipe 0.6.2 holds
- Improvements in how the styling is handled.
Likely, both of these will started, then one will driven to completion by popular demand, the other forming the 0.6.2 release.